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#1 Manu#1

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 07:39 AM

All I can say is “Wow”. This little scope performs. Jupiter, Saturn and Mars come out very nice. I was very surprised by Mars. I had a 6” refractor a number of years ago and Mars was blurry. Not last night. It was sharp. It also has done well with the Lagoon and Triffid nebulas. If you are looking for a nice compact scope, consider this one.
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Posted 14 September 2020 - 08:57 AM

I love mine, too. After many years of looking at them, I finally bought one a couple of months ago. It performs great and it's also got that nice & solid TeleVue "feel".


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Posted 14 September 2020 - 10:02 AM

what eye-piece focal lengths are you using with the Televue 76 ?

 

also what type of mount / tripod  are you using ?

 

 

Those Televue's are good looking scopes. Hope to one day get to look through a Televue.



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Posted 14 September 2020 - 10:14 AM

Last night I used a Burgess/TMB 5mm Planetary and a 12mm Nagler Type 4. I have used a 17mm Nagler too.

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 10:17 AM

The tripod is a Telepod mount with the lightweight tripod. I want to eventually get a Berlebach tripod.

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 10:38 AM

Speaking of a Berlebach for a TV-76......I bought this TR3 recently on Astromart.  My brother-in-law made the wood tray...

 

 

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 10:47 AM

That is sharp looking. I am thinking of a Report level tripod, as they will take up to a 25kg capacity. How do you like your Rigel finder?

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 10:54 AM

The finder is actually a StellarVue Multi-Reticle

-Finder (MRF). 

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 11:01 AM

Ah, my mistake. Right now I do not have one on my scope and I would like to get one. I thought of getting one of the Televue finder. I just don’t know if I want to spend big bucks on the Starbeam and the other finder seems so small for viewing through. How do you like yours, and have you had any issues?

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 11:14 AM

55mm Plossl makes a good finder eyepiece.


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Posted 14 September 2020 - 11:15 AM

I have the Report 222 Berlebach for my 60mm Tak. I'm using the heavy Stellarvue M2C Mount.  When using the central post extended it takes about 10 seconds for the vibrations to dissipate. Definitely a good tripod, think if I moved up to a 100mm refractor and smallest Temma mount I think I'd need a sturdier tripod. But I'm a novice w/o enough experience.



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Posted 14 September 2020 - 11:52 AM

Ah, my mistake. Right now I do not have one on my scope and I would like to get one. I thought of getting one of the Televue finder. I just don’t know if I want to spend big bucks on the Starbeam and the other finder seems so small for viewing through. How do you like yours, and have you had any issues?

No issues.  The MRF is all-metal, very robust and easy to use.  I use it with all my scopes.

 

I also agree with 25585 - a low power eyepiece works well as a finder on the TV-76.

 

And I apologize to the topic starter - I didn't mean to hijack the topic....blush.gif



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Posted 14 September 2020 - 11:57 AM

No problem. It helps give me some info and food for thought.

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 12:08 PM

You should add your report to this link:

https://www.cloudyni...evue-telescope/



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Posted 14 September 2020 - 01:08 PM

I am currently using a (discontinued) Kenko SkyMemo and the previously discussed Stellarvue MRF (with the TV compatible base). I have a Starbeam, and love it, but I think it's over-kill for the TV-76.

 

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 02:22 PM

My Genesis, 85, & Pronto are used on a TV Panoramic mount & ash tripod. 


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Posted 14 September 2020 - 02:45 PM

All I can say is “Wow”. This little scope performs. Jupiter, Saturn and Mars come out very nice. I was very surprised by Mars. I had a 6” refractor a number of years ago and Mars was blurry. Not last night. It was sharp. It also has done well with the Lagoon and Triffid nebulas. If you are looking for a nice compact scope, consider this one.

Somethin' missin' somewhere some place in this story.  Yes a small scope can do a good job!  No dispute.  But "blurry Mars a number of years ago" -- when it was low to the horizon for those of us in the N hemisphere, that could have been seeing made worse by the low altitude.  A 6" should easily outperform a 76 mm.  

 

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#18 Manu#1

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Posted 14 September 2020 - 05:08 PM

This was back in 2003, and it was an achromatic lens. I was using a 9mm ep. When I looked at it, Mars was very bright, but also not very sharp. I do remember getting a real sharp image one time, and then it was gone. I was told that Mars being so small and bright is a hard object to observe, due to the instability of the atmosphere here and on Mars.
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Posted 14 September 2020 - 07:54 PM

I got my TV-76 as a 65th birthday present (from myself, and very thoughtful).  Have always loved the views as well as the overall feeling of quality and ruggedness.   I mount it on a Universal Astronomics Microstar and a Gitzo 3 series tripod. I use a similar red dot finder as a previous poster showed. I like a 24mm Panoptic for low power and I’ll often just go with a 1.25” diagonal which lightens the load a bit. This is my go-everywhere scope, I use it for solar also, it traveled with me for the 2017 eclipse and it pretty much goes where I go.  Enjoy yours! 


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 04:23 PM

My TV-76 has a permanent home - it is a multi-functional scope for me: visual observation, astrophotography, solar observing (both white light and h-alpha using a Coronado double-stacked etalon and a screw in adapter). Took this shot of M42 with it when I first started with astrophotography. It also makes an outstanding grab-n-go scope - I can load it in a carry-on case for viewing anywhere.  Will never part with mine.

 

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 07:01 PM

Somethin' missin' somewhere some place in this story.  Yes a small scope can do a good job!  No dispute.  But "blurry Mars a number of years ago" -- when it was low to the horizon for those of us in the N hemisphere, that could have been seeing made worse by the low altitude.  A 6" should easily outperform a 76 mm.  

 

Greg N

And boom he just dropped the mic. lol

 

In all seriousness the 76 is a scope I just cant seem to get rid of it is so versatile. True grab and go for quick views of the sky and a fantastic solar scope. You're going to have years of great viewing.

 

Thanks for sharing Manu#1


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 07:06 PM

I got my TV-76 as a 65th birthday present (from myself, and very thoughtful).

 

 It traveled with me for the 2017 eclipse and it pretty much goes where I go.  Enjoy yours! 

That was very thoughtful of you and you got exactly what you wanted. A splendid birthday it was.

 

I bought my first 76 right after the 2017 eclipse in preparation for the 2024 eclipse. I cant wait until April 8th, 2024. I have plans for a dry run in 2023 to go to New Mexico to see the annular,  the 76 will make the trip with me.

 

Thanks for sharing Rich.


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 08:38 PM

What were you able to observe on those subjects?



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Posted 16 September 2020 - 09:42 PM

 Very pleased with my TV76, which I use exclusively for solar viewing with double stacked h-alpha filters that I can screw on directly to the threaded tube with a machined adapter. Its a great little compact scope well suited to this task.


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Posted 17 September 2020 - 03:50 AM

I wish TV sold 76mm lenses in cel to retrofit in Pronto tubes!


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